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Matchup of the Day
The exquisite Delphine Seyrig was born on this date, so let’s celebrate with some vampires and beer:
Daughters of Darkness is a vampire film that never quite admits to being one. Delphine Seyrig plays a descendent of the infamous Countess Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory, who drank the blood of innocent girls. She and her companion meet an attractive newlywed couple in an empty luxury hotel. Seyrig has sinister intentions toward the young man and woman, which are gradually revealed. In this scene, she seductively describes the crimes of her diabolical ancestor:
Seyrig is better known for her work in such art films as Last Year at Marienbad and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Daughters of Darkness itself is fairly arty. Instead of focusing on violence and effects, it’s more about visuals and mood. I enjoy the film mostly for Seyrig’s performance. Those expecting anything resembling a typical bloodsucker flick will be disappointed. The few scenes of horror are a bit on the silly side, in all truth. But the movie is sophisticated and pretty to look at.
Beerfest is also about carrying on a family tradition of drinking, but in this case it’s throwing back brews. The amount of beer consumed in the movie is almost inspiring. It’s so prodigious that there’s a warning before the film telling the viewer not to attempt beer drinking on such a scale, or “YOU WILL DIE”. Which is a shame, because it appears to be a good time.
You’re correct in assuming that Beerfest is completely different from Daughters of Darkness in most every way. I like to imagine someone encountering this as a random matchup and thoughtfully weighing the merits of both films. Personally, I have given some consideration to which one I prefer. I’ve seen other Delphine Seyrig movies that I know I’d choose over Beerfest. With this matchup, I’m not so sure. Maybe someone out there could watch these back to back while drinking a considerable amount of beer and then type up a comment. I’d like to hear your thoughts.
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